Robotics team makes it to top third in world championship

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ALBANY – The Albany Large School robotics workforce produced it into the leading third in the robotics globe competitors about the weekend.

The group completed 23rd out of 76 groups in their division. They gained six, misplaced three and tied when through the 1st Robotics Planet Championship in Houston.

“We knew we had been up from the best,” stated group adviser Rich Kissane. “I was exceptionally happy with the outcomes.”

The students went into it hoping to earn, but they evaluated the opposition and rapidly sensed actuality.

“Our robotic Rein is the very best by much our robotics group has ever completed,” stated senior Pyae Sone Hmine. “But looking at the top rated robots on the discipline produced us imagine we have so much to go. This is not the stop for us.”

Hmine, a refugee from Myanmar, is heading to MIT to possibly big in electrical engineering and personal computer science. The robotics staff was one of the explanations why he picked MIT, he reported.

It is about extra than just constructing a robot.

“It’s about collaboration and seeking to do the job jointly to fix problems,” he reported. At the championship, he additional, “I acquired to master a great deal from the other groups as well. All of them had been awesome.”


Fellow senior Jena Rubi mentioned the robotics crew ignited her curiosity in engineering way too. She’s likely to the College at Buffalo following 12 months.

“I genuinely want to discover every little thing – their engineering and science fields,” she said. “Maybe I’ll figure out a career that will combine all my interests.”

Hopefully, she extra, she’ll create more robots in that profession.

The robot they created this yr picks up balls and shoots them into a basketball hoop. Robots compete in opposition to each and every other, and method plays an significant element, Kissane stated. The team’s motorists scouted out the opposition concerning matches to put together.

Following a next-location complete at the regional contest past thirty day period, the pupils experienced fewer than a month to raise $46,500 to go to the environment championship. But with the help of sponsors, the college district and the community, they elevated almost $100,000. The rest of the income will be utilized to assistance the staff in the potential.

Thanks to the price tag of competing, the workforce has only been capable to participate in one contest a yr in recent several years. Future yr, they may possibly be ready to enter two or 3 competitions.

The crew returned Monday evening soon after two days of competitors. The college students also frequented the Houston Downtown Aquarium and toured NASA.

In the championships, there had been four winners: The Gear Alliance from Longmont, Colo., Bellarmine College or university Preparatory from San Jose, Calif., College Liggett College from Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., and Cistercian Preparatory University from Irving, Texas.

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